Is there someone specific for whom you would like to donate your voice? Would you or your children like to donate a voice to help us more generally in our research and in building voices for children and adults who must use assistive technology to communicate? While we can accept voice donations from any adult or child (with parental permission), we particularly appreciate donations from people with some experience in recording technology who have access to high quality audio equipment and a studio-like environment. Recording to make a good quality synthetic voice is challenging, especially for children, who really cannot do this without assistance from an adult.
To become a donor, here’s what you will need to do:
- Register with us to create a secure voice donor account.
- Choose the recording method you want to use: MTVR (Windows only) or our web-based recording tool.
- If using MTVR, install it, go through the tutorial, and get set up to record.
- If using the web recorder, follow our interactive online training.
- Record 10 screening sentences, upload them to our server, and wait for an email from us. It normally takes a day or two to hear back, a little longer if you record on a weekend.
- If everything is fine, we will provide instructions for moving on to step 4.
- If we see any problems, we can suggest ways to fix them and may ask you to repeat step 3.
- Record the full inventory of 1600 sentences and upload them to our server.
- After completing the recording, we will build a preliminary version of your voice for testing purposes. You may download a copy of this synthetic voice for your own personal use on your computer (Windows, OS X, Linux) or Android mobile devices.